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St. Nicholas Children’s Craft & Story Day: Washington, DC @ Walk-Center for Byzantine Material Arts  | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
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2015 WTL High School Boys' and Girls' Conventions: FL @ St. Stephen Christian Retreat & Conference Center | Titusville | Florida | United States
The Winter Break is just around the corner. What are your plans? Chatting on Facebook? Texting to see what to do? Sleeping in? Shopping ’til you drop’? Well, did you hear about the Way, Truth & Life High School Convention at the Southern Diocese’s own St. Stephen Christian Retreat & Conference Center in Titusville, Florida on December 21-24, 2015 for boys and December 26-29 for girls. Make your plans to come and enjoy good times and make great memories with our beloved bishop, His Grace Bishop Youssef, our amazing guest speakers, Fr. Samuel Hanna from Boston, Massachusetts, and Fr. Gabriel Wissa from Montreal, Canada (Girls converntion)our diocese priests and lots of incredible youth from all over the Southern Diocese. For more information:
Dec 22 – Dec 26 all-day
St. Herman Conference: Albany, NY @ Nativity of the Mother of God Russian Orthodox Church | Albany | New York | United States
Theme: “Answering Athiests” & “Grant Me a Chaste Vision” Speakers: Fr. John Whiteford & Nadezhda Sexton (Psychologist) A trip to Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY is scheduled along with great workshops, round table discussions, social activities and of course, beautiful services with a youth choir. For more informationr:
Byzantine Christmas Concert in Cambridge: MA @ First Church In Cambridge | Cambridge | Massachusetts | United States
  The Greek Institute invites you to the Sixth Annual Byzantine Christmas, a concert of virtuosic Byzantine Chant and the traditional Greek Kalanda for the Christmas season, directed by Spyridon Antonopoulos and sung by the Psaltikon Ensemble. Dr. Antonopoulos and PSALTIKON will be joined by Dr. Menios Karanos of Hellenic College / Holy Cross and acclaimed world musicians Beth Bahia Cohen (violin and lyra) and Mal Barsamian (oud and clarinet), in a program of Byzantine chants and kalanda, the traditional Christmas carols from various regions of Greece. Beautiful passages from the Christmas stories of Photios Kontoglou (1895–1965) and Alexandros Papadiamantis (1851–1911) will be narrated throughout the program. To purchase tickets, contact The Greek Institute at By phone/fax: 617-547-4770 (phone) / 617-661-9150 (fax) By mail:The Greek Institute, 1038 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
2015 WINTER CAMP OF THE ROMANIAN ORTHODOX YOUTH IN THE AMERICAS (ROYA): MI @ Faith and Heritage Center | Allegan | Michigan | United States
  THEME: How to be “salt” and “light” of the world in the XXI century? Challenges for Youth. Special Speakers: Rev. Fr. Radu Bordeianu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, Rev. Hieromonk Atanasie Popescu, Ph.D., Spiritual Advisor of ROYA.  This conference takes place from December 27, 2015 to January 2, 2016. Two groups: 15-18 years old, and 19-25+ years old For more information:
Dec 27 – Dec 30 all-day
Iconographer: Mick Michieli Beasley For more information:
Dec 27 – Dec 30 all-day
Nativity Youth Retreat 2015: PA @ St. Sava Children's Camp   | Springboro | Pennsylvania | United States
Theme: Listening to our Youth – Discussing the Future. This conference is for youth ages 7-17.  Complete this Application Form and bring it and a check to registration on December 27th:
Theme: “Are we Saints in Progress?” For more information:
St. Herman’s West Youth Conference: Corvallis, OR @ St. Martin the Merciful Church | Corvallis | Oregon | United States
Theme: “St. Alexander of Munich: A Modern Confessor in the Face of Tyranny”, “Worldly Conforming to Christly Transforming”, and “Homosexuality: An Orthodox Christian Perspective” Speakers: Matushka Elena Perekrestov, Fr. Timothy Pavlatos & Archpriest James Baglien, respectively For more information:
2015 DCMA St Herman Conference: Texas
This conference is hosted by St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church. This conference is intended for high school and college age youth 14 and older. Conference takes place from December 28, 2015 to January 1, 2016. For more information: Registration form:
OCF 2015 College Conference: East and West
Each year during Christmas Break, OCF’s College Conferences host hundreds of college students from across North America for four days of fellowship, prayer, and exposure to reputable Orthodox speakers. Theme: Modern Martyrs: Witnesses of the Word This College Conference theme will address our calling to be martyrs for Christ by being witnesses of the Faith. As college students living in a secularized world, there are numerous opportunities for us as Orthodox Christians to be witnesses/martyrs for Christ on college campuses: in the dorm room, on social media, and in every aspect of our lives. This theme will also address the current-day persecution of Christians and provide some insights into how we can best aid our Christian brothers and sisters across the globe. Registration for College Conference East and West 2015 is now OPEN! Go to: To access the Registration Page click HERE  
Dec 28 – Dec 30 all-day
OCF Retreat: Bolivar,PA @ Antiochian Village  | Bolivar | Pennsylvania | United States
Speaker: Sr. Vassa Larin (Professor of Liturgical Studies, Catholic Faculty of the University of Vienna, Austria) For more information: or
This program, which was the first all-chant concert ever given by Cappella Romana (to sold-out audiences in 2001), features Cappella Romana’s specialist ensemble of Byzantine cantors singing a program of Medieval hymns and psalms for the feast of Epiphany. These performance include examples of Byzantine chant in Greek from Hagia Sophia and from Palestine, and selections in Latin of Old Roman Chant sung directly from 11th-century manuscripts. Please go to this website for dates, venues, and prices: Seattle, Friday, 1 Jan. 2016, 7:30pm, Blessed Sacrament Portland, Saturday, 2 Jan. 2016, 7:30pm, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral; and Sunday, 3 Jan. 2016, 2:30pm, St. Mary’s Cathedral
OCMC 2016 Mexico Teaching Team: San Esteban and Pisaflores, Mexico
This event takes place between March 26 to April 2, 2016. The 2016 Mexico Mission Team will continue to assist the outreach efforts of the Diocese of Mexico to native Aztec Orthodox Christians in the villages of San Esteban and Pisaflores (northwest of Mexico City). The Team will offer youth and adult catechism to educate and strengthen the faithful. Team members will teach children basic religious education, crafts, and activities in a Vacation Bible School format. They will also offer adult catechism, and attend worship services with the local communities. For more information:
WORLDWIDE CELEBRATION OF EPIPHANY: TARPON SPRINGS, FL @ St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral  | Tarpon Springs | Florida | United States
ELLADA will be performing at the largest and most famous celebration of “EPIPHANY”.  Ellada will be performing immediately following the retrieving of the CROSS from the Bayou of Tarpon Springs. A delicious dinner will be served by the community of St. Nicholas throughout the afternoon and evening. Also performing will be LEVENDIA, Tarpon’s world famous folk dancers. Come one, Come all! Epiphany starts at St. Nicholas at 11am and goes through the early evening! Join the thousands of attendees and witness one of the most famous celebrations of the “EPIPHANY” For more information:  and for Epiphany Liturgical Events –
Young Adult Winter Retreat: Big Bear Lake, CA @ Big Bear Christian Retreat | Big Bear Lake | California | United States
Theme: “A Christian Ending to our Life: An Orthodox Perspective on Death” Speaker: Fr. Gregory Horton and Fr. David Sommer Register online by Monday, December 21 For more information:
Jan 9 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Adult Religious Retreat: Woburn, MA @ The Annunciation Of The Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church | Woburn | Massachusetts | United States
Adult Religious Retreat – What better way to start the New Year off than by rekindling our spiritual life. For more information:
Jan 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:15 pm
We will be offering Byzantine chanting classes. Instruction will be in English and in Greek, if necessary. With simple steps we will learn the basics of byzantine chanting. The school will offer classes for beginners in a) the theory of Byzantine music b) its practical application and c) the proper behavior at the Analogion (Chanter’s Stand). The mission statement of the programs is to teach, preserve and present the rich history and tradition of Byzantine Music of our Eastern Orthodox Church, to inspire persons to learn and serve the Church by participating in the Analogion during church services and to transmit Byzantine hymnology into the English language by enabling the chanter to effectively chant in English. For more information:
American Balalaika Symphony: Alexandria, VA @ Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall NVCC Alexandria Campus | Alexandria | Virginia | United States
Combining the rich traditions of the Russian Music School with the best of European and American music, founder, artistic director, and conductor Peter Trofimenko has created a unique American orchestra. Each concert season the American Balalaika Symphony performs a stunning range of music— from beloved Russian folk melodies to classical favorites to rarely heard symphonic masterpieces, often with prominent virtuoso soloists from around the world.   For more information:
Theme: “Happiness and Spirituality: Health” A six-session guided meditation workshop presented by V. Rev. Fr. John Bakas, Dean of Saint Sophia Cathedral, Maria Baltazzi , Meditation Teacher and Purveyor of Happiness, and John Kopatsis, Huffington Center Director Workshop: Wednesdays from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (with a 15 minute break). Time will be given at the end for everyone’s questions and feedback. For more information:
The Monastery of Elijah near Nepi: A History in Paint and Stone: Los Angeles, CA @ UCLA, Royce Hall Room 306  | Los Angeles | California | United States
Alison Locke Perchuk (Art, California State University Channel Islands) considers the production of individual and communal identity as a complex process operating at the intersections of exterior and interior, of physical environment and mental structures, of bodily comportment and spiritual and intellectual practices. Through research in art and architectural history, political and social history, theology, liturgy, literature, and memory and landscape studies, Professor Perchuk’s book project offers a new understanding of this process at work within a medieval European monastery. It reveals a community deeply invested in dominant political and social discourses emanating from Rome, yet also engaged in establishing its own sense of place and identity, rooted in its landscape and its sacred patrons, including the prophet Elijah. It also offers an example of how to tell history in the absence of texts, and indicates how seemingly peripheral monuments can offer ways through scholarly impasses concerning objects and events deemed[...]
6th Annual Eighth Day Symposium: Witchita, KS @ St George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral  | Wichita | Kansas | United States
Theme: “Soil & Sacrament: The World as Gift” We’re heading into our sixth year of organizing the Eighth Day Symposium and every single year it keeps getting better. After the most successful symposium to date, back in January, we fearfully wondered if we could outdo ourselves yet again. We’re confident we have and we can’t wait to see you in Wichita on January 14-16. – See more at: For more information:
25th Richard & Mary Rouse History of the Book Lecture: A Literary History of the Book of Hours: Los Angeles, CA @ UCLA Royce Hall 314  | Los Angeles | California | United States
The book of hours is one of the most familiar of medieval manuscript genres, and yet it has not played a large part in most histories of medieval reading. In this talk, Jessica Brantley (Associate Professor of English, Yale University) will explore the importance of the book of hours for English literary history. These wildly popular prayerbooks played a central role in many of the dramas of late-medieval literary culture: the rise of private reading, the development of lay literate piety, the emergence of female readers, and the growing influence of the vernacular as the language of literate practice of all kinds. The book of hours often shaped medieval readers’ fundamental understanding of how a person should engage with a book, with enormous consequences for our sense of how medieval literary culture worked. The hours’ multiple languages and systems of images made a rich hybridity of representation central to the[...]
Iconographer: Dmitri Andreyev For more information:
This year’s theme will be P.U.S.H. (Pray Until Something Happens). In addition to the presence of H.G. Bishop Youssef, our guest speakers will be H.G. Bishop Angaelos (General Bishop in the United Kingdom) and Fr. Matthias Shehad (St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church of Houston, TX). We looking forward to seeing you all there! Due to the size of the retreat center, spaces are limited this year so please sign up early. Registration will be based on a first come, first serve basis. Space permitting, day registration may be available at a later time. No walk-ins will be allowed this year due to space. No exceptions. For more information:
Jan 15 – Jan 18 all-day
Young Adult Winter Retreat: NV @ Galilee Camp and Conference Center | South Lake Tahoe | California | United States
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Preparing for the Journey of Marriage: Tarpon Springs, FL @ St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral | Tarpon Springs | Florida | United States
“Preparing for the Journey of Marriage” is a workshop for couples marrying in the Orthodox Church. Register Online Here For more information: or
Jan 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
ZOE for Life! Akathist and Lecture
ZOE for Life! will sponsor a pan-Orthodox “Akathist for the Unborn”. The Very Rev. Andrew Harmon, the priest at St. Matthew, will conduct the prayer service. A free-will offering will be collected, and a speaker and refreshments will follow the service. The speaker will be Lisa Palivoda, a member of St. Matthew and a former co-coordinator of the post-abortion recovery program at the Oasis of Hope Pregnancy and Parenting Center in Medina who will join the ZOE staff in January. She will share her personal experience in the program and “God’s compassionate, loving and faithful promise of redemption, restoration and renewal.”   The public is invited to attend the service.
2016 Pan-Orthodox Christian Camp and Youth Worker Conference: Dallas, TX @  St. Seraphim's Cathedral   | Dallas | Texas | United States
Theme: “Feed My Sheep: Crisis, Trauma, and Everyday Life” The Orthodox Church in America, on behalf of all Eastern Orthodox Youth Ministry/Camping Departments in America, is delighted to host this Annual Conference in 2016 at St. Seraphim’s Cathedral in Dallas, TX. Clergy, campus ministers, youth workers, camp leaders, and volunteers gather every January for fellowship, worship, and continuing education. Apart from our Keynotes focused on Crisis, Trauma, and Everyday Life and Self-care For the Shepherds, there will be workshops focusing on: Campus Ministry Camping Programs Parish-based Youth Ministry Registration costs $150/person and is available here. For more information:
Hellenic Studies Program Lecture: New Haven, CT @ MacMillan Center, Yale University, Luce Hall (LUCE), 203  | New Haven | Connecticut | United States
Lecturer: Georg Fischer, Visiting Fellow at the Program of European Union Studies at Yale University Theme: “North-South Convergence and Divergence in the European Union” Description: Georg Fischer is the 2015-16 European Union Fellow. He is on leave from his job as the analysis/evaluation Director at the Employment and Social Policy Department of the European Commission. He is a labor economist who, before joining the EU, worked for the Austrian Finance and Labour ministries in Vienna, the OECD in Paris, the Social Science Center Berlin and the Economic Cooperation Foundation in Tel Aviv. Mr. Fischer’s main research interests are integration and divergence in the US labor market and welfare system as a source for reflection on how the EU can achieve a higher degree of labour market and social convergence – increasingly seen as condition for the long term sustainability of the European Economic and Monetary Union. He is also interested[...]

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